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Religious persuasion reported on school enrolment forms in NSW government schools (2016-2018)

This dataset provides information about the religious persuasion of students at the aggregate level and for individual government schools as collected on the school enrolment form.

Data notes and limitations:

  • It is stated on government school enrolment forms that this question is optional.

  • Information provided is based on data extracted from the department's centralised enrolment system (ERN) in Term 2 every year.

  • Data is captured at the point of enrolment and may or may not be updated in ERN as students' progress through schooling. Schools update this information at a local level to support their organisation of SRE/SEE classes.

  • Data is suppressed for privacy purposes. Where a blank value is recorded against a religion, it indicates nil or 5 or fewer students for the religion.

  • Just over 40 per cent of the 795,000 students enrolled in NSW government schools have one of the following values recorded:

    • Unknown/Not provided
    • Not stated (intentionally)
    • No religion.

Data source:

  • NSW Department of Education school enrolment system (ERN).

Data and resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Religious persuasion reported on school enrolment forms in NSW government schools (2016-2018)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/9b276c62-237b-48ce-8934-f1d22f2a1162
Date Published 2017-08-15
Date Updated 2019-06-26
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2016-01-01 - 2018-04-30
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Theme Education and Training
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal NSW Education Data Hub
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education
Data Level School-level